Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I have not been on for a few days and I don't think there are many experts on this site at the moment. Believe me, it is not a rip-off. All that I ask is that if I have bad news for you, please do not blame the messenger. I will point you to the laws that say certain things so that you can read them yourself, but I am not responsible for them.
I have a few questions for you. What was the exact charge that you pled no contest to? What state was this in? How much time, if any, were you sentenced to?
Here is some info about my case.
Superior Court Of California, County Of Los Angeles
Charge: PC 417 (a) (1)
Imposition of setence is suspended for 24 months and the defendant is conditionally sentenced on the conditions below. Served 38 days in jail. Credit 26 actuals days plus 12..............(SERVED), attend 52 AA meetings twice a week......(DONE)
Do not own, use, posses, buy or sell any dangerous or deadly weapons.
Do not annoy, harras, or molest anyone involved in this case. Stay 100 yards away.
Make full restitution to victim...HARVEY WAIVER.
Sorry for the delay but I was trying to find the documents from court.
I'm sorry but I am not really an expert on legal issues to respond your first question.
As regard renewing my residency I will have to face that in five years. It will expire on 2016. Can you please let me know if there is something that can be done about my case? Please confirm.
1) Get a full and unconditional governor's or U.S. Presidential pardon for the crime.
2) Hire a VERY good criminal attorney to look into the possibility of reopening your criminal case because something was done incorrectly at the criminal level. If the case can be reopened, then the conviction needs to be vacated (set aside) and then you would need an agreement from the prosecutor not to prosecute you again (which they can do). You can try looking for an attorney at www.ailalawyer.com.
3) Convince the majority of the U.S. Congress to change the law or to make a law of special application only for you called a Private Bill.
These options essentially would eliminate the conviction so that Immigration cannot use it against you to deport you. Unfortunately, sealing or expunging the conviction does not work.
4) IF you became a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident while inside the U.S. AND you have a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident spouse or son or daughter that would suffer EXTREME HARDSHIP if you are deported, then you MIGHT stand a chance to not be deported and get Residency again.
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